Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jan 29, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 3451 - [Global Cultural Heritage]

(crosslisted) ARKEO 3451 , ARTH 3451  
(GB) (CA-AS)      
Fall. Next Offered: 2020-2021. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 6451 /ARKEO 6451 /ARTH 6452 .

M. Fiskesjö.

In this course we explore the special role of items of “cultural heritage” in the global social life of things. We take nothing for granted as regards the value and fate of such desirables. Starting by reassessing the psychology of collecting, and how collected objects are given “value,” we move to the creation of cultural heritage — from history’s war trophies and curiosities collecting, to the new modern institution of the museum, and modern concepts of heritage. We will trace movements of art, antiquities, and other objects transferred from poorer parts of the world to collectors and museums in “the global North,” through looting, smuggling, trade, etc., and discuss the current debates over repatriation on the global arena over the trade and custody of trans-nationally desirable objects.  

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